By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Madison Board of Education is considering an expenditure of about $595,000 to upgrade the interior lighting in nine of the district’s schools with LED lighting technology.
“We want our buildings to function as best as they can and LED lighting is brighter, higher quality, and more efficient,” said Groveport Madison Deputy Superintendent Jamie Grube. “The goal is to create the best learning environment we can.”
The nine schools that could potentially receive the lighting upgrade are the elementaries and middle schools (the high school, as a newly constructed building, does not need the upgrade). Dynamix Energy Services would do the work after school hours.
Grube told the board its payment options would be to pay for the upgrade up front or make monthly payments for five years.
The project would also include the provision of a thermostat app to help regulate temperatures in the buildings in an efficient and comfortable manner.
Grube said the estimated annual energy savings from the project would be $51,446, estimated annual maintenance savings would be $54,540, and there would be an AEP rebate of $68,593. He said the project would pay for itself in five years from the savings it would generate.
“We can improve quality now and pay for it through savings,” said Grube.
The board will decide on whether or not to pursue the project at a future meeting.